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(03-31-2005, 05:49 PM)
The following information is for amusement purposes only and is in no way true.

GAF has a ban on posting April Fools' Day jokes. But what about companies who just like to have fun and be silly one day a year? Nobody's trying to fool anybody, here. We're just trying to be awesome, in the true, forgotten spirit of the day.

As promised/threatened, I am posting this in its own thread as the official AFD joke thread is not up yet. I will also mirror the files locally as Irem's site is being hammered.

EDIT: Thanks to duckroll for putting together this mirror. If IREM's site is too slow, give it a try. duckroll says, "if Jack gets the banstick, I'm going down with him!" What a guy!


Irem is making their own console, the EXIDNA!

It's April 1st, and Irem's traditional humorous and in no way deceitful yearly story is up. This year, everyone's favorite plucky Japanese developer has decided to enter the challenging but exciting world of hardware development!

Irem has identified four key market segments, and designed four versions of their console to match:

First, the XAVY, for hardcore gamers.

The 22 mm thin XAVY has a built in high-resolution, high-contrast projector to satisfy hardcore gamers. The slim, wireless controller has built in voice recognition and unfolds with four easy-to-push wheels. Price is 19,800 yen.

Next, the O-MARU, for casual gamers.

Designed to appeal to casual gamers, this riding swan doubles as a powerful gaming console. With a built in LCD screen, a mouthful of USE expansion ports, and a handy storage bin in the butt, this is the console for the whole family. Price is 17,850 yen.

The oft untapped female market is served by the COMPACT.

This stylish number uses an eyeshadow applicator in place of the traditional stylus. The size is kept small thanks to innovative "outside loading," where the media is not actually inside the compact but perhaps on a nearby table. Price is 12,800 yen.

Finally, elderly gamers can look forward to gaming on the STICK.

With a fold-out 7-inch widescreen LCD, easy-grip handle, and full-body support, this system is perfect for the silver-haired gamer. It even doubles as an umbrella on rainy days! Price is 24,500 yen.

The specs of the EXIDNA are quite impressive:

CPU: Custom Designed "METAL ERNGY" Processor 886 PHz
Graphic Chip: GEO KUN FORCE MX 8503/128PB
Main Memory: 476 TB
Drive: Optical 0.98x speed DVD-ROM
Network: Bluestool compatible
Memory Media: Memo Stick Duo compatible (DRM enabled)

These specs compare favorably with "expected next generation offerings" from mystery companies S, M, and N.

A variety of innovative peripherals include various colored buttons, a comfy cushion, a triple-wide Bydo monitor, a sake decanter controller, a time machine controller, and a pair of not-so-powerful gardening gloves.

Oh, and a body pillow controller.

Soft, cute, and machine-washable! In case, you know.

A hardware launch is nothing without games, and IREM has some hot titles lined up.

- A comedy game involving Bambi and trucks. Genre: Italian Upper-Kyoto Laughing Action. Supports the comfy cushion.

- Zettai Zetsumei Yokochou (Disaster Alley). Genre: "Intoxicated Survival Action." Supports the sake controller.
(NOTE: I will translate this tomorrow, it is a game where you have to guide a drunken salaryman safely through the seediest hostess bars Tokyo has to offer.)

- R-Type Final 2. Genre: Action Shooting RPG. Supports the Bydo monitor, of course.

- Super Epic Innovative RPG (tentative title). Genre: TBD.

- Space-Time Firefighters Sakurazaka. Genre: Historical Teamwork Action.

- Hare Dokidoki Suikoden. A dating game with 108 girls! 4,800 yen, but the Limited Edition is $480,000. Why not read the creator's blog?

- Aya Tori (Cat's Cradle). Genre: Cat's Cradle Puzzle Action. 7800 yen, but the string-only version is a 5-yen bargain. Supports "Aya Tori."

Each of the games has its own page with gameplay details, screenshots, etc.

With such a killer hardware/software combination, it's no surprise third parties are lining up to show their support. Patisserie Chez Bydo, Sakurazaka Corporation, Spelunker Ramen, FORIS Haircutters. A veritable who's who of soon-to-be-famous developers, I'm sure you'll agree.


Well, there you have it. The amount of content in this update is absolutely staggering, even by IREM's traditionaly insane standards for the holiday. If this thread is left open, I'll spend some of my freetime tomorrow translating details about the different game software (or whatever else people are interested in - let me know!). If it's locked and I'm banned, well, at least I went out telling you about the single goddamn best update in the history of the holiday.

But seriously, people. This isn't a "joke." This is art.
Sho Nuff
(03-31-2005, 05:52 PM)
Holy fucking shit.

Irem, I love you. Your games are meh but every April 1st you manage to justify your existence.
360 ain't shit in Japan
(03-31-2005, 05:55 PM)
That's excellent.
(03-31-2005, 05:57 PM)
FnordChan's Avatar

Originally Posted by JackFrost2012

- Hare Dokidoki Suikoden. A dating game with 108 girls! 4,800 yen, but the Limited Edition is $480,000. Why not read the creator's blog?

Absolutely fucking brilliant. I want to collect all 108 "stars"...if you know I mean!

(03-31-2005, 05:59 PM)
I'd buy all these games, if Madvillain provided the soundtracks.
fennec fox
ferrets ferrets ferrets ferrets FERRETS!!!
(03-31-2005, 06:00 PM)

This image reminds me of the old Neo Geo ads that compared the NG with the TG16 and NES. Very funny stuff.
(03-31-2005, 06:00 PM)
duckroll's Avatar
IREM rocks, and this year was an EXCELLENT surprise! If anyone gets banned for this (I can't see how, it's so non-offensive) then we're all being banned FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF IREM! :lol
john tv
(03-31-2005, 06:03 PM)
john tv's Avatar
Who wants to bet R-Type Final 2 turns out not to be a joke?

BTW -- no way in hell you're getting banned for this. This rocks!! Are their older AFJs still online?
The black man everyone at Activision can agree on
(03-31-2005, 06:03 PM)
DarienA's Avatar
I'm getting that gaming on a stick one!
Sho Nuff
(03-31-2005, 06:06 PM)
Holy fucking shit.

Irem, I love you. Your games are meh but every April 1st you manage to justify your existence.
(03-31-2005, 06:08 PM)
IREM 4/1 Update Historical Archive

- 4/1/2000: Traditional Japanese sweets made of FORCE.
- 4/1/2001: The first appearance of Doki Doki Suikoden. Don't miss the character introductions!
- 4/1/2002: Zettai Zetsumei Toshi crowbars. Available in sets of 12 for the discriminating pugilist.
- 4/1/2003: The R-9 spacecraft. For serious R-Type fans only.
- 4/1/2003: Irem Burger! motto happy, motto smile, motto emotion.
force push the doodoo rock
(03-31-2005, 06:09 PM)
sprsk's Avatar
more like IREM I LOVE PANTIES JAPAN PERVERTdna am i rite.
(03-31-2005, 06:09 PM)
Juice's Avatar
See, it's just nowhere near as fun to me if I know it's a joke going in.
360 ain't shit in Japan
(03-31-2005, 06:10 PM)

Man, even Irem's JOKES have Nintendo sitting in last place. Why's everyone hating on Nintendo, huh?!
hyperbolically metafictive
(03-31-2005, 06:13 PM)
the suikoden dating sim is pretty funny. but the r type final 2 boxart makes me sad. r type doesn't deserve to go out on a mediocre game like final. if they have to kill the series off, at least give it a final installment the fans can live with.

irem's gags are pretty great, though. the r type final "ura" page was hilarious. as was the introduction of the consumer model r9. i wonder if those pages are still up.
(03-31-2005, 06:13 PM)
CO_Andy's Avatar
Teh next NeoGeo iz here!

On a side note, someone should look into banning whats his name, Mr. AngryFace :D
(03-31-2005, 06:54 PM)
Translation of some of the more arcane statistics, then off to bed.

N: Voice and Camera
M: Fingerprinting and Padlock
S: Combination Lock and Password
EXIDNA: DNA Verification and Surrounded by 3 Security Guards

N: So-so
M: Whatever
S: Normal
EXIDNA: Fine even if 100 people get on it

N: 100 km/h
M: 160 km/h
S: 180 km/h
EXIDNA: 12,800 km/h

N: Uses 20% Recycled Somura
M: Emissions Cut by 45%
S: 30% Reused Parts
EXIDNA: 34% Recycled Paper, 66% Recycled PET Bottles
It's not actually trolling if you don't admit it
(03-31-2005, 07:00 PM)
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Irem (====3
(03-31-2005, 07:05 PM)
BuddyC's Avatar
Oh Irem, you silly wacky bastards. I love you.
Musashi Wins!
(03-31-2005, 07:05 PM)
The O-Maru will change the way we play games!
(03-31-2005, 07:11 PM)
Gattsu25's Avatar
that statistic page is golden...especially the earth friendliness
(03-31-2005, 07:12 PM)
Unison's Avatar

The body pillow controller is the funniest part. :lol
(03-31-2005, 07:15 PM)
haha, the STICK. That looks awesome.
(03-31-2005, 07:36 PM)
Okay, last update before I'm off to bed, really. The Hare Dokidoki Suikoden artist's blog has a "works" page which includes not only the original Dokidoki Suikoden, but Dokidoki Sangokushi and Dokidoki Saiyuki. :lol She also made an Environmental Awareness Pamphlet for the imaginary city government in Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 2 and a Sakurazaka Fire Safety Campaign poster.

This is better than we deserve!
Musashi Wins!
(03-31-2005, 07:39 PM)

hell yea it's wireless out of the box!
is beloved, despite what anyone might say
(03-31-2005, 07:42 PM)
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Wow, one of the most impressive April Fools jokes I've ever seen... I can always appreciate a long, thought out joke like this... And that one little portable for the ladies actually looks kinda cool.
Volunteer Deputy Campaign Director, Obama for America '16
(03-31-2005, 07:49 PM)
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:lol at this whole thing, especially at the cane. :lol
(03-31-2005, 07:54 PM)
For your edification, the contents of the k-rad elite Doki Doki Suikoden limited edition:

- 356 character pillowcases
- Poster of all the heroines (two meters by fifteen meters)
- Original animation DVD
- Three-volume character and setting material collection
- Two life-size character figures
- Two life-size character puppets
- 10 figure bottlecaps
- School uniform (XL size)
- School uniform (1/6 scale doll size)
- Doki Doki Desk Calendar (covering 10 years)
- Dress-up hair scrunchie worn by the alien chick from Planet Hyzel
- The theme song, in sheet-music form

Delivered in a custom-made steel box, meters.

Fafracer forever
(03-31-2005, 07:58 PM)

Originally Posted by JohnTV

Who wants to bet R-Type Final 2 turns out not to be a joke?

Actually I would have liked to have Disaster Alley made for real.
It sounds like a REAL "nexgen" Leisure suit Larry, and not that MagnaCumLaude crock of shit.
(03-31-2005, 08:13 PM)
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Who wants to bet R-Type Final 2 turns out not to be a joke?


- Super Epic Innovative RPG (tentative title). Genre: TBD.


Irem is my new favorite company, bring the exidna!
Uncle Dukey
(03-31-2005, 10:11 PM)
That's pretty great :lol .. It's impressive how much effort they put into it.
(04-01-2005, 05:29 AM)
damnit- why didn't i think of it first!?!
(04-01-2005, 05:33 AM)
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I want to see more of the game pages translated... pretty please?
(04-01-2005, 05:47 AM)
koam's Avatar
*waits for ***** world exclusive coverage on this :p
(04-01-2005, 07:42 AM)
robox's Avatar
that is incredibly awesome
(04-01-2005, 07:49 AM)
Shouta's Avatar
I can't stop laughing at Doki Doki Suikoden :lol:lol:lol:lol:lol:lol:lol:lol
(04-01-2005, 10:21 AM)
First, some context. "Hostess bars" are places where middle-aged men frustrated with their marriages go to hang out with attractive young girls who pour them drinks, sing karaoke with them, make small talk, and listen to their problems. Though sex appeal is a big part of the draw, all but the seediest bars are "above the level." It's less prostitution, and more sexy-companionship-for-hire.

Hostesses have to be friendly enough that customers have a great time and want to come back, but are of course forbidden to enter into relationships with customers outside of the bar (most do anyways).

Hostess bars are notoriously expensive, as customers must not only pay an outrageous per-hour fee, but buy their girl drinks, too. It's not at all uncommon for customers to develop a favorite girl who they ask for by name (for an extra charge), or to start giving their favorite girl small gifts.

Okay! That said, I present a translation of... ZETTAI ZETSUMEI YOKOCHOU!


Zettai Zetsumei Yokochou (Desperate Alleyways)
Tomisaka Electric Game Machine Development

Title......... Zettai Zetsumei Yokochou (Desperate Alleyways)
Publisher......... Tomisaka Electric Game Machine Development
Genre.........Intoxicated Survival Action
Number of Players.........One
Supported Peripherals.........Sake Decanter Controller
MSRP.........4,000 yen and up for two hours (tax/service separate)

Escape from the pleasure quarter! A new innovation in Survival Action.

The streets at night are full of dangers. Players must watch the alcoholic main character's "Drunkenness Gauge," "Cash on Hand," and "Credit Card Balance," while avoiding strange bars and touts, the constant rush of people, and being led astray by the invitations of the beautiful butterflies of the night.

Girl: Just whiskey or fruity drinks for me, please! o/~
Response: Sure thing! / No way! / Let me think about it.

Stages include Shinjuku 2-chome, Susukino, and Janjan Yokochou!

After not drinking for a while, for some reason the main character starts feeling bad and his coordination becomes slowed. Escape from these nighttime streets while continuing to drink moderately. Run out of cash on hand, and you can earn money by "Washing Dishes" or "Touting"...but every bar has its own problems and disputes to get wrapped up in, and there's always the danger of falling into debtor's hell...

Cash on Hand: -12,800 yen.
Girl: Right now is Service Time! Only 4,000 yen for two hours!

A moment's decision could be fatal. Sure to give you a feeling of total desperation!

Through your decisions, you can gradually become closer to one of the bar's girls, but some people might want to leave things up to the bar. You can also get involved with other drunk customers...and these backstreets are full of countless youngsters lying in wait to prey on middle-aged men. It's likely that your judgment and movement will become impaired as your Drunkeness Gauge fluctuates. Can you evade the numerous dangers and safely escape from these alleyways?!

Man: Whatever! Bring me your best bubbly!
(04-01-2005, 10:27 AM)
oh, that's so awesome- i wish they would make a real game that seedy and genuine. thanks for all your work on translations so that we can all enjoy. :)
Junior Tag of Excellence
(04-01-2005, 12:29 PM)
JackFrost2012 is my personal hero of the week for posting this.

That was completely and 100% super awesoma.
(04-04-2005, 10:22 PM)
my favorite so far is a HL reference:


Ha ha ha ha ha!


OMG, and this! http://www.irem.co.jp/contents/galle..._04/index.html

That's humor, folks.

being watched
(04-04-2005, 10:24 PM)
Irem = teh gods.
(04-04-2005, 11:08 PM)
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I'd get Zettai Zetsumei Yokochou and Dokidoki Suikoden... if the latter actually had 108 unique girls :)
(04-05-2005, 09:28 AM)
That's actually not a HL reference ... crowbars featured heavily in ZZT, too.

But they'd make a great gift for any HL fan!
Welcome to the Wasteland.
I hope you're wearing your flak vest!
(04-05-2005, 09:43 AM)
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"MMMM, this is a tasty burger!"

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